RSD Behavioral Health Support and References
Frequently students need support in understanding and dealing with life situations that affect them personally and also their school performance. We at Reading School District are here to help. Please review the information below regarding options for Behavioral Health support in our schools. See your School Nurse if your child is taking any medication at home or during the school day. Contact us for additional information and referral suggestions.
Healthy Tips on Stress Management
Mild to moderate anxiety in performance is normal. It is good for students to feel mild anxiety that serves the natural, intended purpose of stress, which is to motivate them to focus try their best. Students dealing with stress gives us a teachable moment of how to use positive coping skills.
- Get enough sleep- National Institutes of Health suggests school age children need at least 10 hours of sleep daily, teens need 9-10.5 hours, and adults need 7-8 hours.
- Staying on top of homework and assignments
- Take a break- take 5-10 to refocus positive thoughts
- Eat healthy foods stay away from increase amounts of sugar and sugary drinks
- Take 3 deep breaths
If ever your students stress/anxiety increase please contact your child’s teacher, school nurse or guidance. Who all can further help with further resources if needed.
Student Assistance Program (SAP)
Does your child seem sad or nervous? Do you notice a change in mood, eating habits or declining grades? If you have concerns that your child may need help, contact a Student Assistance Program (SAP) team member at your child’s school. The SAP team is made up of people you know: teachers, your school nurse, school counselor, vice principal etc., who have all received training to assist though this program.
The goal of SAP is to support your student in overcoming barriers to learning so that he/she can attend school regularly and be successful. The SAP team will help you find services and assistance within the school, and if needed, in the community. As a parent, your input is necessary and invaluable. Please call. We are waiting to help.
For more information about SAP visit: www.pnsas.org.
School Based Outpatient Therapy
School based outpatient treatment is similar to office based outpatient therapy except that it is provided within an office in a school during the school day. We provide individual, group and family therapy. We closely coordinate our efforts with those of the teachers, counselors, social workers, and administrators.
Services are provided by Master’s level clinicians and include an Initial Psychosocial Assessment, Individual Therapy, Family Therapy and Group Therapy. School Based Therapists include families and school staff in the treatment process to help students achieve success at school and at home. Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Management are available as needed.
Referrals are made through the school and the student must be eligible to receive Medical Assistance. Not every school has this program available. If your child’s school does not have this program, we are available to assist you through office-based outpatient treatment.
If you need assistance or have questions, please contact the school nurse at your child's school for assistance.